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By Jay Wolf, Little Brown Jug — The Ron Burke trained S I P (Joe Bongiorno) established a new world’s mark in the $88,600 Old Oaken Bucket.

The sophomore Bar Hopping colt overcame windy conditions to cut the fractions of :28.2; :56.2 and 1:24, defeating Famous Father (Andrew McCarthy) by 10 lengths in 1:51.2.

The new world champ is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Hatfield Stables, Brixton Medical and Weaver Bruscemi.

Ms Versatility Final

The triple-millionaire Atlanta (Yannick Gingras) started her ‘farewell tour’ with a win going gate-to-wire to take the $115,500 Ms Versatility Final in 1:53.2.

The seven-year-old mare defeated When Doves Cry (David Miller) by 1 ¼ lengths and Refined (Mitchell Cushing) by 5 lengths.

Atlanta is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor and conditioned by Ron Burke.

Standardbred (Two-Year-Old Colt Trot)

Bugaboo Lou (David Miller) was a popular winner in the Standardbred two-year-old colt pace.

The Sweet Lou colt defeated Lou On The Beach (Mike Wilder) and Coaches Corner (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 1:53.2.

Brian Brown trained the winner for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Aws Stables and Acadia Farms.

All of the connections are from the Buckeye state.

Standardbred (Two-Year-Old Colt Trot)

Andy McCarthy gave Volume Eight a patient drive and sprinted past the pacesetting Biscoe (Yannick Gingras) in the stretch to score a narrow neck win in the $47,331 Standardbred for freshman colt trotters.

Noel Daley trains and co-owns the Chapter Seven lass with Joe Sbrocco, La Express & JAF Racing and Mario Mazza.

The final time was 1:58.

Ohio Breeders Championship (Three-Year-Old Colt Pace)

Dragononthebeach and Sling Shock won the two divisions of the $110,764 (div.) OBC for sophomore colt pacers.

Dragononthebeach tripped the timer in the first division in 1:51.4, defeating Risenshine Seaside (Cameron McCown) and Moved Bythe Spirit (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.).

Kelly O’Donnell trains the homebred for the Emerald Highlands Farm.

Sling Shock established a new national season’s record in the second $55,382 division with his 1:49.3 win over Odds On Capitalism (Dexter Dunn) and Terminator (Chris Page).

The Downbytheseaside colt is owned by Michael Cimaglio, William Richardson, William Salmeri and Rhonda Gillmartin. 

Ohio Breeders Championship (Three-Year-Old Colt Trot)

Rose Run Xtra and Longshot took the pair of OBCs for sophomore colt trotters.

In the first $53,808 division, Rose Run Xtra (Chris Page) defeated Gabbys Bit Coin (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by 6 ¼ lengths in 1:55.

The Cash Hall colt is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Hatfield Stables, Knox Services and Jason Melillo.

Longshot (Chris Lems) didn’t live up to his name and when off as the bettor’s choice in the second division.

The Long Tom gelding topped Caviar Gold (Aaron Merriman) by 6 ¼ lengths in 1:54.

Longshot is conditioned by Scott Cox for Wayne Mast, Jr. and Callam Racing.

Ohio Breeders Championship (Two-Year-Old Colt Pace)

Racing Rampage (Aaron Merriman) showed why he is considered by many as the top two-year-old pacer in the state when he took the $120,214 OBC in 1:53.

The son of Racing Hill has won five of his seven seasonal starts and more than $191,000.

Trainer Darren Dowler co-owns the gelding with Lawrence Bettler.

Ohio Breeders Championship (Three-Year-Old Filly Pace)

Cape Cod Hanover (Chris Page) overcame post #10 and survived a four-horse photo finish to take the $103,714 OBC for sophomore filly pacers.

Do It Like Bobbi (Tony Hall) and the pacesetting Bittrsweetsymphony (Matt Kakaley) was second and third respectively.

The Downbythseaside filly is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Rich Lombardo Racing and RAS Racing.

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